Real Madrid’s 10 greatest attacking players of all time
Since its inception in 1902, Real Madrid has become the superpower of football. Los Blancos has won record numbers of trophies; which include 32 La Liga Titles, 18 Copa Del Rey Titles, 11 Champions League, two UEFA Cups, one Uefa Super Cup and three clubs World Cups.
Real Madrid, without the slightest doubt, is the biggest club on the football scene. Throughout their history, Real Madrid possesses the best players on the planet. Such is the greatness and the caliber of the club that there is no shortage of the World-class talent at Real Madrid.
Real Madrid is known for their attacking game-play and counter attacking the football. The Spanish side is the best Counter-attacking team in the World.
Real Madrid remains the home of the top attacking players over the course of history. From Alfredo Di Stefano to Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid possesses a number of great attacking players. So here we bring you Real Madrid’s 10 greatest attacking players till date.
Here is the list of Real Madrid’s 10 greatest attacking players of all time
1. Alfredo Di Stefano
Real Madrid history won’t be complete without mentioning the Di Stefano. Nicknamed as” The Golden Arrow”, he was a player with unbelievable stamina, great tactical awareness, amazing vision and goal scoring ability.
Di Stefano was a versatile player and played any of three attacking positions as a proper number 9 and out and out winger.
He was on close to joining Barcelona but ended up at Real Madrid. He was driving force behind the Real Madrid European success in the late 1950s. Di Stefano is also hailed as a complete football player. He helped Real Madrid to win eight league titles and five European Cups. He is the fifth top scorer of Spanish top-flight football. Di Stefano 216 goals for Real Madrid in 282 League matches.
Hugo Sanchez moved to Real Madrid from Atletico Madrid. He was a regular goal scorer, and he won five Pichichi. Hugo Sanchezs scored 164 goals in 207 games. To hail his goal scoring talent Real Madrid fans nicknamed him Hugol. Hugo Sanchez helped Real Madrid to win five consecutive League Titles.
3. Zinedine Zidane:
Zidane joined Real Madrid in record transfer fee of that time from Juventus in 2001. Zidane was an artist on the football pitch, his passing abilities, ball control equally matched with his World class finishing. His spectacular volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League Final 2002 will ever remember as one of the best goals in the history of football. The French International is known for mesmerizing midfield play and playmaking abilities.
Raul joined Real Madrid from their arch-rivals Atletico Madrid as a youngster, and as they say, rest is the history. The former Spanish International was not only the prolific goal scorer for Los Blancos but also a true leader on and off the pitch.
Francisco Gento joined Real Madrid in 1952 from the Racing Santander. The former Spanish International participated in record 8 European Finals and won six of them. Francisco Gento also won 12 La Liga Titles. He played a decisive role in Real Madrid dominance for nearly two decades.
Luiz Figo took the controversial route by joining Real Madrid from their bitter rivals Barcelona for the record fee of 58,5m Euros.
The former Portuguese International is known as one of the best creative players of all times. Luiz Figo’s ability to skip past the defenders was the highlight of his game.
During his time at Real Madrid, he won the La Liga in the first year of his arrival, in the same year he was named as FIFA Player of the year. Figo also won UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid.
7.Ronaldo Luis Nazário de Lima:
The two times Ballon d’Or winner made his Real Madrid debut at the Bernabéu in a game against Alavés, where he scored his first goal for Club, and he never looked back. During his time at Real Madrid, he won 2 La Liga titles, one Intercontinental Cup and one Spanish Super Cup.
David Beckham is another player who was very close to joining Barcelona, a fee of £25 million was agreed and even shirts of iconic number 7 were out, but personal terms with Catalan side could not materialize. The England International eventually moved to Santiago Bernabéu and become one of the most popular players among the Real Madrid fans.
David Beckham is renowned for his exceptional qualities he possesses on set pieces, long passes, and crossing.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the Real Madrid player in 2009 after the club paid whopping £80Million to Manchester United. His aggressive attitude, dedication, and hunger make him the stand-out player. He is a regular goal scorer and a born winner. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 302 goals in 292 appearances. Currently, he is the best winger in the world.
Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid made him one of the most expensive footballers in the world. The Welsh International is one of the best wingers in the World. He has got electrifying pace and goal scoring feet.
Bale’s wonder goal against Barcelona in Copa Del Rey final showcased the true quality and the caliber of his play, beating Marc Bartra from the half way of the pitch with thunderbolt pace and showed his calm composure by netting the ball with clean strike, is go down in the history as the one of the best goals in the history of football.